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  • Breast Health Navigator Program

  • The Avon Grant for the Breast Health Navigator Program has been renewed!

    Following the annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston, members of the Lifespan team receive the grant renewal check of $500,000 to continue the patient navigator program at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. (Pictured from left are Margot Powell, nurse navigator at RIH; Carole Kurzig, executive director of Avon Foundation; Julie Gray, nurse navigator at TMH; and Eloise Caggiano, program director of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.)

    Contact us:

    • Rhode Island Hospital
    • The Miriam Hospital

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    Coping with breast cancer at any stage is difficult to help patients and their families through this trying time, Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals offer the Breast Health Navigator Program.

    The program assists breast cancer patients through the entire course of their cancer care with breast health navigators. Navigators are registered nurses trained in oncology and possess an in-depth understanding of breast cancer and the process patients undergo. They guide patients through their diagnosis, treatment and recovery, while helping them make informed decisions and cope with the variety of issues they face.

    Breast health navigators guide patients through the health care system and the course of their treatment in several ways, including:

    • Facilitating communication with health professionals
      (physicians, counselors, nutritionists and communitybased
      support resources)
    • Coordinating services to streamline and accelerate
    • Arranging interpreters and transportation
    • Assisting with insurance and financial questions
    • Providing emotional support to patients and their families
    • Offering educational resources

    The program assists women receiving care at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. Navigators follow patients before, during and after surgery, and through other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, endocrine therapy and radiation therapy. Navigators are available in person and by telephone to offer support and provide answers.

    The Breast Health Navigator Program is funded by a grant from the Avon Foundation, whose mission in part is to assist underinsured and underserved women who may be, or have been, diagnosed with breast cancer. The funding helps us provide our patients with state-of-the-art breast care services in a caring, personal manner, through the only program of its kind in the state.

    More about The Avon Foundation

    Read a patient's letter about her breast health navigator and journey trough treatment.